While some divorce proceedings can be hotly contested and involve court litigation, other couples may end their marriage in a more amicable and respectful manner through divorce mediation. A divorce mediator—who can be an attorney, a psychologist, a therapist, a counselor, etc.—helps both parties communicate in a series of discussions in order to help resolve their differences in their final divorce agreement.
The following are the top five benefits of hiring a divorce mediator instead of court litigation:
- Saves time – If you and your spouse attempt to settle your case in court, then you must wait for set court dates that are held months apart. Divorce through court litigation can take over a year to resolve. Additionally, you also must consider the availability of each spouse’s lawyers to meet on your scheduled court dates. On the other hand, mediators provide flexible schedules and can generally meet with couples at anytime and anywhere, which is why a divorce settled through mediation can take only a few months.
- Saves money – Working with one mediator, rather than two lawyers, is a more cost-effective way to finalize a divorce. Furthermore, there is no back-and-forth between attorneys inside and outside the courtroom because the mediator works to resolve any lingering issues as quickly and effectively as possible.
- Having full control – If your divorce goes to court, a judge will ultimately determine the final agreement, which can result in a winner and a loser (or even two losers if both parties find the judge’s decision to be unfavorable to both sides). In contrast, you and your spouse can find a mutual agreement that benefits both parties.
- Remains confidential – The information disclosed by couples during mediation remains private. When it comes to court litigation, any information the spouses share in divorce court becomes available to the public.
- Improves your ability to co-parent – Not only is a divorce difficult for both spouses, but it may also be even tougher on children. A contentious court battle can be traumatizing, especially if they must give statements or appear in court. Since mediation gives divorcing parents a chance to work together to resolve their differences, they can develop healthy communication strategies that may translate into their roles as co-parents, which is significantly beneficial to their kids.
At David Self Family Law and Mediation, I provide divorce mediation services to help couples and families seek the best possible outcome in their divorce cases. I can develop a settlement that addresses financial disputes, parenting agreements, and even high-conflict divorces to provide my clients with effective and personalized legal solutions.
If you are interested in divorce mediation in Huntersville or anywhere in North Carolina, contact David Self Family Law and Mediation today at (980) 223-3340 for a confidential consultation.